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Here's a track from the late 90's; I was waaay into Skullflower at the time.  I have hours and hours of stuff in this vein; overdriven guitars, feedback, slow plodding rhythms buried low in the mix: psychedelic improvised noise rock.  The polar opposite of SunDummy stuff. 

This track starts off meandering along aimlessly; then a rhythm kicks in, and it takes off...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Exotica / Lounge / Tiki Classics
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:57:25 AM »

Pretty cool collections based on various themes, and a great place to sample tons of artists to see what you like.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ride and Stone Roses
« on: June 19, 2012, 02:01:32 PM »
Love love LOVE Ride; they get a lot of play around my house.  But I always laugh when, after establishing a great mood and tone (rocking, hooky greatness), "Deep Inside My Pocket" comes on - I still can't tell if that song is a joke or if they're really serious.   ;D ???

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Downside of Software
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:50:37 PM »
Aren't there "virtual OS" programs that let you use old software on new machines?

I haven't seen it yet, but I found this interesting; this guy might be reading way, waaaaaaayy between the lines, but food for thought either way...

He was one of the greats; a true master of nostalgia and wonder.  I voraciously read everything he published; he added a layer of humanity to old SF, in a way that Azimov or Clarke couldn't match.  Sad to see him go.

"You must live life at the top of your voice! At the top of your lungs shout and listen to the echoes."

"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." ~

RIP, good sir.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Male menopause
« on: May 23, 2012, 12:36:15 PM »
46 here, and man, do I feel your pain.  I get into a serious funk if I don't exercise regularly.  Eating well and getting sleep helps somewhat, but I really notice the difference when I push my body hard, like 50-mile+ bike rides.  I'm not a fan of taking hormones (or any drugs for that matter); so many problems can be solved by using your body the way it's meant to be used:  active as hell.  If there are still problems, then I'd look at supplements, but only after I've tried a healthy diet and physical exertion. 

Cutting out (or at least lessening) alcohol helps a great deal too.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: SoundExchange ?
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:05:03 PM »
I was curious, so I called to see if I had any royalties coming my way.  Turns out they owe me $9.61.   :o ;D

My advice is to unplug the whole lot and go play outside.   ;D ;)

I'm a total sucker for that sound...  nice, very nice.  More please?

BTW, I'm enjoying "Euterpe" as I type this...  nice and minimal, very clear and up-front, with the usual Austere surrealness thrown in...  gonna give this a few spins today to let it soak in.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 14, 2011, 08:54:44 AM »
Magma – Concert 1976 - Opéra De Reims 3xCD

So how is this?  I've been meaning to check out more Magma for years now; where's a good place to start?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 09, 2011, 10:25:37 AM »
I suspect that the packaging for ipods, etc. (and the materials to make them) is not greater than the materials for cds, LPs, etc. but I could be wrong.

There is no contest between, say, a CD digipack in a light wrap vs. virtually any hard plastic encased, plastic insert nestled iPod. Even the little ear buds are way overdone in terms of packaging. Then there's the retail floorspace now dedicated to the marketing of such things.

Now, as CD/DVD sales move online, more packaging is required and more transportation infrastructure and energy is used in the music retail industry equivalent of the single occupancy vehicle multiple trip model!

True; but I have one ipod, and thousands of CDs.  Hell, just weight them:  one fully packaged ipod vs. thousands of fully packaged CDs.  Of course, I have to account for the PC too; but that's offset by the CD deck, and I have the PC for other purposes too.  Is downloading perfectly green?  Hell no, but I do think it's greener than shipping/making CDs, LPs, etc.  Manufacturing, shipping, and displaying a CD + me driving to the store to get it, vs. a download:  seems clear.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Serious listening?
« on: November 08, 2011, 03:14:51 PM »
I rarely use shuffle; I like the flow of a whole album.  I do find that my attention span is getting shorter, though; while I used to be able to just stare at the wall and really listen, I now get antsy and need other distractions, like reading or the web or whatever.  Kinda sad, I guess, or maybe I was just really freakin' lazy but I thought I was being "deep" by just staring at the wall.

I used to think that ambient music lent itself very well to deep listening, but I'm finding more and more that it can all too easily become wallpaper if I don't really concentrate.  Which I do less and less.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Advice topic for newbies (live performers)
« on: November 08, 2011, 03:10:28 PM »
I've only played live a couple times, so I am far from an expert...  but I will say that a pre-show beer is good for the nerves.  I would avoid, however, taking a huge pull on a bong seconds before walking onto the stage, as a partner once did; he spent the entire set in a haze, missing every cue.  Good thing it was a beatless drone-a-thon.   ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 08, 2011, 11:34:19 AM »

I'd have to agree with you, Mark.  Serial gadgetdom is not green.  The example that came to mind was email.  Who seriously thinks now that email saved us from clutter!;)  At least this hardly seems to be the case in the business world. 


Hmm...  I'd love to see some stats on per-capita trash volume.  I suspect that the packaging for ipods, etc. (and the materials to make them) is not greater than the materials for cds, LPs, etc. but I could be wrong.  And while it's true that we've replaced film with batteries, is it more or less per person with respect to volume of stuff produced?  Yeah, we're filling landfills with old ipods and obsolete PCs; but weren't we filling them with Walkmen and CRT TVs before?  Isn't part of the increase in crap a direct result of the increase in people?  That's why I'd like to see per-capita numbers.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:55:20 AM »
I find that I care less and less about the physical format as time goes by.  I recently bought 7 or 8 Roach CD's that I have been meaning to pick up for ages.  I promptly ripped them to my music server and filed the CDs on a shelf.  Unless I have a catastrophic HD failure (all backups, too), I will likely never touch the CD again.  I can now enjoy these tunes on my rec-room system, my main-floor system, my ipod for travel, even my iphone, at the touch of a button.  It seems to me that if I only use the CD to deliver the sounds from the producer to my HD, I might as well just eliminate a step and download straight to the server.  This level of convenience more than offsets any loss of sound quality.  And I have to be honest with myself:  As much as I'd like to think I'm a suave audiophile, immersed in the minutia of every blip and bloink in the music spectrum while I sip cognac in my turtleneck with the lights down low in my echo-free listening chamber, the truth is I put on some tunes, go chop some garlic or tune some skis or clean my bike or play with the dogs or hang some sheetrock or talk to friends or ...  or ...  (insert distracting, noisy activity here.)  Sound quality is nice, of course; but I just can't get too worked up about it.

I think the whole movement toward downloads (music, books, movies, whatever) is a good thing, in the long run.  Seems like a huge savings in packaging resources, fuel for shipping, etc. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 26, 2011, 12:03:16 PM »
Illusion of Safety - "Of & The"  :  Minimal drones and sustained sounds; I hadn't heard this in years.  Not 'musical' at all; like standing in a harbor in heavy fog while strange ships pass by.

Inade - "Aldebaran" :  Less focused than later stuff (Solar Architects or Samadhi State), but a good listen nonetheless.  Spooky without the Lustmord cheese-factor.

Juno Reactor - "Luciana" :  Could be an Inade out-take. 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Hypnos Own Visual Artists
« on: October 11, 2011, 09:36:50 AM »
"Aurora Borealis", acrylic on canvas, 2011.

Oooh...  this one I really like.  Nice work!

I live an hour from a theater, so seeing a movie there is a rare event.  The last movie we saw there was Inception; the only reason we went was because we had to run to town for other errands, and had to kill some time.  I'm not a fan of the theater experience; too many distractions.

We still have a crappy 30" CRT with a shitty little cheap DVD player, so my home setup is not exactly a mini-theater.  I actually like this, because it doesn't tempt me to sit in front of it every night.  I can't stream Netflix here - my internet is satellite, so it's too slow - which gives me even more reasons to go do something productive instead of staring at a screen.

I'm always more happy with watching movies at home with a good beer or wine and interesting snack and watching it when I want and with only a select few people and my dog Ginny and stopping it if we want and starting again when we want and continuing tomorrow if we want. I don't mind cinemas too much but if I get uncomfortable sitting so long in the same way I have no options, and I think a good movie is also great on a smaller TV if its a good one. I don't need overblown sound levels or a huge screen or popcorn and coke and people talking and choking on the popcorn and their kids whining and mobiles going on and off and the driving there and back. Heck I don't even like movies much ... unless they are bloody good and worth my time.

I'll second that.  Except that my smaller TV is NOT a good one.   ;)

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